City Lights Authors in the News

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and then we became
devorah major

"Fall 2016 Adult Announcements: Poetry"

and then we became selected as a highlight for Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly.

-Publishers Weekly Jun 17, 2016

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America at War with Itself
Henry A. Giroux

"The Fascistization of America - Henry A. Giroux interviewed on the Real News"

"Henry A. Giroux tells Paul Jay that Donald Trump is not an eccentric populist, but the representative of a neofascist politics that ignores evidence, believes truth is merely an opinion, and says dissent is unpatriotic."

-The Real News Jul 19, 2016

"The Violence of Forgetting," Henry A. Giroux interviewed by Brad Evans in the New York Times “The Stone” blog.

"This is the fifth in a series of dialogues with philosophers and critical theorists on violence. This conversation is with Henry A. Giroux, a professor in the department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. His latest book is 'America at War with Itself' (City Lights)."

-The New York Times Jun 20, 2016

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Save Twilight: Selected Poems
Pocket Poets Number 53
Julio Cortázar

"Fall 2016 Adult Announcements: Poetry"

Save Twilight: Selected Poems selected as a highlight for Fall 2016 by Publishers Weekly.

-Publishers Weekly Jun 17, 2016

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The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir
Susan Daitch

"100 Must-Read Works of Jewish Fiction" in Book Riot

Susan Daitch's The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir is including at # 35, close to 36, which she explains has Kabbalistic significance.  Daitch is joined on the list by Elie Wiesel, Doris Lessing, Nadine Gordimer, Philip Roth, among many other luminaries.

Jul 15, 2016

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Dated Emcees
Chinaka Hodge

"Don't Miss Chinaka Hodge Tonight at the New Parish"

On her blog, Aya de Leon writes about Chinaka Hodge, her new book Dated Emcees, in anticipation of Hodge's release party at the New Parish in Oakland.

-Aya de Leon Jun 30, 2016

"Chinaka Hodge releases 'Dated Emcees'"

Announcement and details on the Oakland release party for Dated Emcees happening at the New Parish on June 30, 2016.

-SF Gate Jun 27, 2016

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The Earth Wants YOU
Reverend Billy Talen

TUC Radio Podcast

"On April 26, 2016, New York based Reverend Billy came as far west as he could possibly go and gave a performance slash reading at the Gallery Bookshop in the village of Mendocino. He introduced his new book: The Earth Wants YOU! as both, a celebration of life and an indictment of the forces of destruction." 

-TCU Radio Podcast Jul 6, 2016

"The Irreverent Reverend Billy of the Church of Stop Shopping"

Q & A with Reverend Billy, environmental advocate and author of The Earth Wants You.

-Street Roots News Jun 2, 2016

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The Gilda Stories
Expanded 25th Anniversary Edition
Jewelle Gomez

"Interview in the Gay and Lesbian Review"

"Of Afrofuturism and Social Change."

-The Gay and Lesbian Review Jun 21, 2016

"Interview in the Huffington Post"

"Gilda Lives On & Gay Life In The 1940s: Summer Reading Comes Early."

-The Huffington Post Jun 3, 2016

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Woman in Battle Dress
Antonio Benitez-Rojo

"Excerpt of Woman in Battle Dress appearing in Literal: Latin American Voices"

Section of the first chapter of Woman in Battle Dress excerpted.

-Literal: Latin American Voices May 12, 2016

"La Cage Aux Mujeres"

SF Weekly's writeup for the book party at City Lights Bookstore for Woman in Battle Dress.

"Born in Switzerland in 1791, the orphan Henriette Faber was widowed at 18. Seeing few options beyond prostitution, she assumed a male identity and enrolled at Université de Paris to study medicine. Faber spent 15 years living as a man, first as a surgeon drafted into Napoleon's disastrous Russian campaign and later as a doctor in a remote Cuban village. Ultimately, it was Faber's wife of several years who betrayed the secret, demanding an annulment and kicking off a sensational trial which ended with Faber's mandatory hospitalization — only after she had attempted suicide to avoid being stripped and paraded through the streets. Faber was eventually exiled to New Orleans, only to be resurrected and reclaimed by recent generations of Cubans in film, and more notably, in the final epic novel of the late great Antonio Benítez-Rojo. Tonight is a celebration, not only of the long-awaited translation of Woman in Battle Dress, but also of Benítez-Rojo's own life, which is nearly as exceptional as Faber's. Insightful translator Jessica Powell is joined by Suzanne Jill Levine, award-winning author of Manuel Puig and the Spider Woman, and Enrico Mario Santí, scholar of Cuban literature."

-SF Weekly Sep 27, 2015

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Under the Affluence
Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America
Tim Wise

"Anti-Racism Expert Explains Trump's Scapegoating Appeal to Whites––and It Will Give You Chills"

Coverage of Tim Wise's appearance on CNN’s Reliable Sources. He appeared on a  panel along with W. Kamau Bell.

-Raw Story May 29, 2016

"Millions of White Americans Are Dealing with Economic Pain They Haven't Seen for Decades"

An excerpt from the first chapter of Under the Affluence by Tim Wise.

-AlterNet Apr 14, 2016

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Writing on the Wall
Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal
Mumia Abu-Jamal, Johanna Fernández

"Professor Johanna Fernández Talks with Tikkun about Mumia, Bernie Sanders, Love, and the Power of Radical Empathy"

Tikkun interviews Writing on the Wall editor Johanna Fernández back in February when she, activist Angela Davis, and KPFA host Walter Turner held a public discussion about the book in Oakland. The talk was anchored by discussions of Abu-Jamal and his writing but also expanded on the themes of mass incarceration, systemic racism, class warfare, and the promise of modern social uprisings, through the lens of what they referred to as black radicalism and the black prophetic tradition. 

-Tikkun May 11, 2016

"Oakland: Activist Angela Davis Discusses Essays by Mumia Abu-Jamal"

A talk by Angela Davis and Johanna Fernández on the prison writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the book, Writing on the Wall, was organized by KPFA Radio. Lou Fancher reports on the proceedings for the Contra Costa Times.

"A discussion of the latest book by journalist, activist and former death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal, Writing on the Wall, drew a standing-room-only crowd Thursday. The event was hosted by activist, scholar and author Angela Davis and Walter Turner, host of the 'Africa Today' show on KPFA, and was devoted to the book's collection of 108 essays written by Abu-Jamal between 1982 and 2014."—Lou Fancher

-Contra Costa Times Feb 25, 2016

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Haiti Glass
Lenelle Moïse

"Recommended Reading for Pride Month, 2016"

Haiti Glass is one of the 10 book the National Book Foundation recommends for Pride Month 2016.

-National Book Foundation Jun 24, 2016

"Former City Poet Laureate Lenelle Moïse Wins Award for First Book"

Details on Lenelle Moïse's winning of the 2015 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for her book Haiti Glass, featuring an interview with Moïse talking about the award and the book.

"'To me, Haiti Glass is about zooming in and going slow,' Moïse said, and by doing so, she feels, honoring each precious life and memory within the devastation. The book proved to be her method of 'writing through a lot of feelings of loss.'"


-Daily Hampshire Gazette Dec 30, 2015